HEC compiles PhD Country Directory
ISLAMABAD: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has compiled information of PhD degrees awarded by Pakistani universities since 1947.
PhD Country Directory (PCD) which is accessible through HEC website, provides information such as name of scholar, subject, title, year of award of degree, name of supervisor, institution as well as information of one paper publication, a mandatory requirement prior to award of PhD degree awarded after 2009. The compilation of information about research work by PhD scholars at Pakistani universities has become possible due to cooperation of all the public and private sector higher education institutions.
The PhD records since 1930 (25 PhD records pro- duced before 1947 by University of Punjab) have also been enlisted in PCD. In October 2010, the total number of PhD degrees recorded in PCD reached up to 6560.
Moreover, Pakistan Research Repository (PRR) is an online repository website, which maintains a digital archive of all PhD thesis produced indigenously to promote the intellectual output of Pakistani institutions at international level. The Repository is currently holding more than 2800 full text thesis whereas more than 800 thesis are in t he process of digitization while 200 are in the process of uploading.
The ultimate objective of this effort is to compile collective research output of all PhD scholars of the country and to facilitate researchers and other stakeholders. -App